Proactive, progressive supermarket managers always have their eyes and ears open for ways they can make improvements to their budgets. Money is always tight in the industry, and even a modest tweak to one's business strategy can have a huge impact on profits.
One of the key areas where managers can make improvements is in supermarket maintenance. A great deal of focus should be on infrastructures that require energy – most notably, refrigeration and lighting. By making improvements in these key areas, store operators can get ahead of the curve and better position themselves to maximize profits.
Refrigeration can account for a massive percentage of supermarkets' budgets. It requires a great deal of energy to house all of a store's products, in especially a larger store, so it's imperative that managers find a way to optimize performance and squeeze every possible dollar out of their budgets.
To that end, the following four strategies should make store operations more efficient and thus add clear economic value to a business overall.
Finding alternative refrigerants
Using outdated refrigerants can be harmful to your business in a variety of ways. They can lead to inefficiency in your refrigeration practices, not to mention leaks and other instances of pollution that can harm the environment and also invite bad publicity to your business. It's best to get ahead of the problem by introducing new refrigerants and retrofitting your equipment to match.
Replacing older equipment
On that note, using obsolete refrigeration equipment can be similarly bad for business. You want your physical assets to be state of the art, because older models tend to be more wasteful and less friendly to the environment. Good equipment is a hallmark of profit-driven maintenance in the supermarket sector.
Eliminating wasted resources
If you want your refrigeration budget to be a source of profit, you need to begin by eliminating practices that waste profits – such as refrigeration tactics that don't optimally use refrigerants.
Repairing (and preventing) leaks
Refrigerant leaks can be massively catastrophic events for any supermarket. They can incur the wrath of the EPA, they can earn invite bad publicity and they can be extremely costly to clean up and recover from. And then there are the long-term concerns – what if your store loses credibility in customers' eyes because of a refrigeration incident? For all these reasons, it's best to repair leaks quickly, and also to be proactive to prevent them from occurring in the first place.